The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Major European education conference to be hosted by GTCS

5 September 2017

International educationalists, policy makers, politicians and business leaders to meet in Edinburgh for the Regional Meeting of the New Education Forum 2017

Held over two days on 7 and 8 September, this major conference will allow delegates from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to share and discuss how education can contribute to the Vocational Education and Training agenda in European countries.

Jointly organised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and the Center for Innovative Education (CIE), the conference focus will be “Soft Skills and Vocational Education and Training – key elements of the labour market”.

Presentations from international delegates will cover approaches to vocational learning and skills, with panel discussions including: partnerships between school, college and business; realising the needs of employers; the importance of soft skills in lifelong learning; and measuring outcomes and impact.

International delegates will learn about Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy, Developing the Young Workforce, and Scotland’s approach to developing vocational skills amongst its young people through Foundation Apprenticeships.

Ken Muir, GTCS Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “The New Education Forum provides a valuable opportunity to share knowledge and experience about the education system with colleagues from across Europe. The conference also allows Scotland to showcase some the exciting work taking place in response to the Scottish Government’s programme, ‘Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce’, which aims to better prepare children and young people aged 3–18 for the world of work.”

Joanna Bochniarz, President of the Center for Innovative Education, said: “The CIE organises international summits on innovative education and vocational learning, which allows us to advocate and build alliances in realisation of the idea of an effective labour market in the European Union. We look forward to learning about approaches to vocational education and employability skills in Scotland, and to the sharing of learning amongst delegates.”

If media wish to attend this event which will be held at the GTCS, Clerwood House, 96 Clermiston Road, EH12 6UT they should email Evelyn Wilkins by Wednesday 06 September at evelyn.wilkins@gtcs.org.uk

A list of those speaking at the conference is provided below:
• Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar, General Teaching Council for Scotland
• Joanna Bochniarz, President of the Center for Innovative Education
• Montserrat Gomendio, Deputy Director for Education and Skills, OECD
• Ellen Doherty, Director of Education, Registration and Professional Learning, General Teaching Council for Scotland
• Joan MacKay, Assistant Director, Education Scotland
• Tom Clark, Managing Director, Your Future In Ltd, Aberdeen
• Seamus Hoyne, Development and Public Engagement Manager, Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland
• Ciaran Lynch, Community Engagement Partners, Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, Ireland
• Alan Sherry, Principal, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow
• Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Member of the European Parliament and of its Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
• Irmeli Halinen, Head of National Curriculum Development (em.), The Finnish National Agency of Education, Finland
• Peter Higgins, Professor, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
• Janko Korošec, Vice President, European Parents’ Association
• Derek Thompson, former Secondary Headteacher, Aberdeenshire
• Bhavina Bharkhada, Education and Skills Policy Advisor, EEF
• Montserrat Gomendio, Deputy Director for Education and Skills, OECD
• John Hand, Insight Professional Advisor, Scottish Government
• Gregor Scotland, Senior Policy Executive, CBI
• Danuta Jazłowiecka, Member of the European Parliament and of its Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
• Jorge Gimeno, the Center for Innovative Education